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Law / Schiavo Case / Texas Life Support Law #784394

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 23, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Pinellas Park, Florida: Mark Strassmann) The extraordinary legal developments in the Terri Schiavo case reviewed; details given of rejections by a federal appeals court & the Florida senate to the plea to reinsert Schiavo’s feeding tube, and Governor Jeb Bush’s petition to give the state custody of Schiavo; scenes shown of the demonstration at the hospice and the arrest of a family. [Mother Mary SCHINDLER†- begs for her daughter’s life.] [BUSH – cites a neurologist’s opinion that Schiavo has been misdiagnosed.] [Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Dr. Sean MORRISON†- describes the dying process.] The options for Schiavo’s parents discussed.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer; Crawford, Texas: Bill Plante) CBS News poll results on the Schiavo case cited. [President BUSH – says the legislative & executive branch ought to err on the side of life.] The impact of public opinion on the president’s changed stand discussed.

(Dallas: Lee Cowan) The Texas law allowing a physician to discontinue life support, even over a family’s objection, signed in 1999 by then-Governor George Bush, examined. [Patient’s mother Wanda HUDSON†, wife Jannette NIKOLOUZOS†- object to the removal of life support for their loved ones.] [Representative Debbie Wasserman SCHULTZ†- notes the conflict in Bush’s view now & then.] [Attorney Bruce HOWELL†- comments on the president’s intervention in the Schiavo case.]

Schieffer, Bob;
Strassmann, Mark;
Plante, Bill;
Cowan, Lee

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